Retro Photos of Early 20th Century Athens

in photography •  2 months ago

Hello everybody,

My last post was dedicated to 19th century Athens, but for today I got some rare photos from the early decades of the 20th century that give us an image of Athens back then. I don't know what went wrong and the most historic city in the Western World ended up looking like the concrete mess it is today, but Greece's capital could have been modernized in a truly beautiful way. Apparently, some people in power just didn't want to for their own reasons (and profit).

I don't know exactly from which street this photo was taken, but if I have to guess I would say that this has to be Aiolou street....It looks like Plaka, but it's definitely not Plaka judging from the Parthenon's position in the photo. What do you think fellas?

Here's Panepistimiou back in the 1930s.

A picture of Piraeus before Olympiakos was found and pollute the port of the city. At least with Piraeus we know what went wrong post 1925 he he ;)

Τhe old tram of Athens. Lycabettus Hill can be seen on the background.

Here's a shot from the left side of Syntagma square of the GORGEOUS building in Ermou that today looks like shite and hosts Prinou&McDonald's. It's so sad that they had to take down this neoclassical gem to build the hideous looking glass construction that is there today.

I could be wrong (as it looks like it could be Athinas Street as well) but I have the impression that this is Panepistimiou Street (towards its end in the way to Omonoia). Again, I will need help here.

Source: All photos were taken from Η Παληά Αθήνα Facebook Page.

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Very nice idea for a post . A few things i know from my father are
1st. During renovation of 1950 during Karamanlis as prime Minister , the streets were designed to be at least 12 meters width in all neighborhoods with 4 meters space for walking people on ech side. Unfortunately in most cities of Attica the manufacturers "paid" the correct people and didn't follow this rule in order to build more buildings.
2nd. Piraeus was bombed by the RAF and maybe this building was bombed too..


Η μαμά μου λέει ότι ο Καραμανλής και η χούντα την έκαναν έτσι την Αθήνα


ΟΙ παλιοί ξέρουν ..

Πολύ ωραίο post Θοδωρή !
Μια άλλη Αθήνα, πραγματικά όμορφη και με "όμορφους" ανθρώπους...!!!


Τώρα γεμίσαμε "ασχήμια" δυστυχώς Γιώργο :(

A gorgeous city indeed. I think that most big cities in the world have experienced this sort of transformation in which a lot of architectonic herritage is sacrificed.
"Modernity" comes at a high price for some peoples.

Πραγματικά ήταν πολύ όμορφα!!! Τώρα μη πω καλυτέρα...


Και τώρα συγκεκριμένα μέρη είναι πολύ όμορφα (Πλακα , Θησείο , Ρηγίλλης , Ανάκτορα , Μετς , Κολωνάκι προς Λυκαβηττό) απλά κάποια άλλα που κάποτε ήταν στολίδια όπως Ακαδημίας , Πατησίων , Ερμου , Αθηνας , Παγκράτι , Ομόνοια , Αχαρναί , Εξάρχεια μεταξύ άλλων, τώρα τα βλέπεις και κλαις κυριολεκτικά!

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